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The Ahwahnee Announces Line-Up For Its 2009 Vintners' Holidays

July 21, 2009 at 11:09 AM | by | ()

A few winters ago, we got to go wine and dine during The Ahwahnee’s Chefs’ Holidays. We’d lived in California for nearly a decade and had never made it to Yosemite National Park. Although food and wine is a major motivator to get us to any destination, the prospect of experiencing one of the country’s greatest parks sans the thongs of summer tourists sounded way appealing. It was and now, we’re convinced that Yosemite National Park may be one of the best all-season, outdoor destinations in California.

So, we’re pretty psyched that The Ahwahnee just announced its 2009 season lineup for its Vintners’ Holiday (the wine-centric version of the Chefs’ Holiday) and we’re scheming ways to get in on the grape-fueled action.

The eight sessions begin on November 1 and run through December 3. California winemakers making repeat appearances this year include Iron Horse Vineyards, Joseph Phelps, Rombauer Vineyards, Saintsbury, Mumm Napa Estates, J Vineyards, Silver Oak Cellars and Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery. The newcomer spots are occupied this year by Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, Huge Bear Wines, Ceja Vineyards, Topel Winery and Halleck Vineyard.

During each session of Vintners’ Holidays (there are eight to pick from), guests can take part in a “Meet the Winemakers” reception, participate in educational tasting seminars (no spitting required) and enjoy a fancy pants five-course gourmet dinner paired with that session’s wines from Executive Chef Percy Whatley. Natch, it’s served in the super romantic dining room of The Ahwahnee by candlelight.

The sessions are hosted and moderated by a leading expert in wine, including Evan Goldstein, M.S., president of Full Circle Wine Solutions, Inc.; Michael Stepanovich, wine journalist and judge, Gilles de Chambure, M.S., director of wine education at Meadowood, Dan Berger, syndicated wine jounalist and judge; and Peter Marks, M.W. and vice president of education, Icon Estates.

Visit The Ahwahnee’s website to check out the lineup for the eight sessions. Tickets sell out fast, so book a two- or three-night package stat – it includes: lodging, two tickets to the Gala Vintners’ Dinner and admission to the “Meet the Winemakers” reception. Rates are based on double occupancy, subject to change, and do not include room taxes. Individual tickets for the Gala Dinner may be purchased for $199 per person, excluding gratuity. Rates for a two-night package start at $996.

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